The City of Mission Viejo is officially part of the national debate over immigration. City contracts for landscaping, street sweeping and trash removal will have to screen workers on an Internet program run by the Department of Homeland Security. Does it work? Is it legal? Will it make a difference?
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After Lake Forest passed a "no trespassing law" aimed at illegal immigrants, undocumented workers moved next door to Mission Viejo. Last night, the upscale city of Mission Viejo went a step further. By a unanimous vote, the City Council gave final approval to a new ordinance, which requires city contractors to weed out unauthorized workers. Starting July 1, all new hires and new city employees will be screened on the Internet through the Basic Pilot Program run by the federal department of Homeland Security. Does the system work? Is Mission Viejo trespassing on federal law? Can local economies survive in Southern California without immigrant workers--legal or otherwise?
John Paul Ledesma, Mayor Pro Tempore of Mission Viejo
Tyler Moran, Employment Policy Director for the National Immigration Law Center
Amanda Glowish, Reporter for the Orange County Register
Leo Chavez, Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine